Newsmakers 2018: Khadim Hussain Rizvi – Ghauris incoming | Pakistan Today

Newsmakers 2018: Khadim Hussain Rizvi – Ghauris incoming

He seems to stir around winter time. In 2017, it was 20 days in November when Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s men held the capital hostage over the minor change in the parliamentary oath. In 2018, it was in October that he went on the offensive over after the blasphemy conviction of  

Asia Bibi was overturned by the Supreme Court after an eight year detention.

As if the pain of the past eight years in prison away from her family had not been enough for Asia Bibi, her acquittal triggered a movement calling for her to be given the death penalty. Until such a time, Khadim Rizvi descended upon Lahore’s Charing Cross, paralyzing the city and closing down educational institutions. The government responded with bluster, saying no challenge to the writ of the state would be accepted. The Prime Minister gave a strong man speech. There was celebration on social media. And then Khadim Rizvi got what Khadim Rizvi always gets, an agreement that quells the problem but embarrasses the government.

That said, he will spend the new year in protective custody. But then again, so will Asia Bibi. Let’s see what 2019 will bring for the infamous preacher.

Abdullah Niazi

Abdullah Niazi is a member of staff currently studying Literature at LUMS. He also writes and edits for The Dependent.